“I can’t wait for the crowd, the noise, the energy in the building,” PK Subban said after game six. “I can’t wait to take that all away from them.”

And that is exactly what the Montreal Canadiens did. They silenced the bear; the Boston Bruins. The team that was supposed to win in seven games. And they did it in spectacular fashion.

What made Boston a favourite to win, more than anything else, was their ability to force teams to play a Bruins game. In game six and seven, when all was on the line for Montreal, Boston failed at doing that. Instead of the hard hitting, net crashing game the Bruins wanted, Montreal dictated the play with speed and passing.

And the Bruins couldn’t keep up.

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